You Have The Right to Remain Silent
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Mark Bello’s You Have The Right To Remain Silent follows the grisly case of a man who is murdered in a particularly brutal fashion. Bradley Crawford, a two-term congressman, bleeds to death after being castrated by an unknown woman. Renowned ‘King of Justice’ Zachary Blake is brought into this case as a favor, and his role is to defend Mia Folger, the victim’s wife.
The evidence against Mia appears damning, and soon the entire public seems convinced of her guilt. However, as more revelations about Mia and Bradley’s turbulent relationship are revealed, it becomes clear that Zack has an almost impossible mission on his hands, and the stakes couldn’t be higher.
This police procedural is not for the faint-hearted with explicit gore and graphic images. The plot is fast-paced and gripping, with sharp dialogue and interesting character dynamics. The most well-developed characters are Zack Blake, the charismatic hero, and his ally on the case, Dr. Rothenberg, who showcases a quieter yet equally compelling brand of masculinity.
Shari Belitz, the team’s jury consultant, has personality and fire, and she is the feisty counterpart to Blake. Mia Folger, arguably the most psychologically complex female member of the cast, is rendered catatonic and unable to speak for much of the story. The murderer, whose feelings about killing are ‘borderline orgasmic,’ is a complex, scary, and unpredictable character. The killer represents pure evil and has excellent emotional depth especially considering the manner in which they dispatched their victim.
You Have The Right To Remain Silent has a cast of characters that are well developed, the story’s pace is just right, and the story is well written. I highly recommend this novel to fans of a good thriller and detective novel. It makes the legal processes involved in a murder case digestible, with a sense that action is never far away.
Pages: 396 | ASIN : B09W39LZLX
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A Woman’s Midlife Awakening
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The Knife Thrower’s Wife follows a woman that, after failing to save her marriage after his infidelity, ends up the prime suspect in his mysterious murder. What was the inspiration for the setup to your story?
While many mystery novels start with the discovery of a dead body, I deliberately opened the book with the protagonist, Julia, having a disturbing dream of her husband as a knife thrower with her strapped to his target; and unfortunately, his aim isn’t the greatest. I wanted to write a more nuanced, psychological profile of Julia and allow the reader to befriend her, get to know her character, and possibly relate to her situation before bodies appeared. Julia’s reaction to the dream and how she passes it off as a fever-dream is in keeping with her deflection from, and her burying of, unsavory happenings in her life and her past that are gradually revealed. Julia is a complicated mix of smart, capable, loyal and talented, but also a people-pleasing doormat.
Once her character is revealed, I wanted her to begin to change, to become stronger, so I had her pay attention to her ever-increasingly violent dreams and not ignore them as she would have before. She begins to paint scenes from the dreams and begins to understand that the nightmares are her subconscious trying to awaken her to the fact that she lives in a state of denial in a gilded cage.
It intrigued me that her art was imitating dreams, her dreams were imitating her real life, while her pretend life was superficially imitating a Hallmark card. Also, several unsavory characters have gatecrashed Julia’s orbit and she must deal with their presence which also brings out a new dynamic in her.
In plotting the story I was aware the book could end here, as a fascinating psychological look at a woman’s midlife awakening through her art and her husband’s betrayal. However, there was another twist to be had. And since I was writing a mystery, it’s only fitting that when a body is found, one of her paintings raises the suspicions of two detectives, one eager and young, the other, older and jaded… until finally, she endures a trial.
Julia starts off the novel as a devoted and submissive wife and through the course of everything becomes a stronger more confident person. What were some driving ideals behind your character’s development?
Since time immemorial, men have had the physical strength (and the anger issues), for good and for bad. Women tend to be nonviolent nurturers by nature and by conditioning. Women are nice. Many women, like Julia, take their niceness too far. They go along to get along and will accept, or at least work with, the status quo to preserve a lifestyle, a standard of living, a marriage, a relationship, a career. Julia has taken her niceness to a tipping point. She is a successful artist, she happily runs the house, shops, cooks, cleans the pool, tends the garden… all admirable and enjoyable… until she starts to recognize that not only are her efforts taken for granted, they are expected. Add a deception to the mix and there comes a turning point as she begins to question the status quo. Only then can she begin to see the real picture and from there she is forced to take action and quit being the ‘javelin catcher’ for the entire family.
What were some themes that were important for you to explore in this book?
The Inadvertent submissive: The belief that we can have it all begets the superwoman-complex of demonstrating our ability by taking on way too much and ending up as the maid, bottlewasher, chauffeur, chef, renovator, seamstress, wage-earner, and all-round fixer… a slave to everyone’s wishes.
Gaslighting: Don’t pee on my leg and tell me it’s raining. It’s important to trust our gut and trust what’s in front of our eyes.
The subconscious: Our conscious self organizes our closet by putting all the blouses, pants, and jackets in groupings. Our subconscious self pulls everything out of the closet including stuff that’s hidden at the very back — the boxes of Halloween costumes, old love letters, journals, and sex toys.
What is the next book that you are working on and when will it be available?
The next book is Sketchy Characters — available February 15th, 2022.
A devastating hurricane.
A frantic search for a missing friend.
A brutal double murder…
When chaos blows up Marilyn’s life and she’s forced to go on the run from ruthless killers, she can’t dodge a cast of sketchy characters that ooze into her orbit. There’s a crooked lawyer and his wealthy clients, an internet scammer, a pair of suspicious hipsters, and a serial killer targeting the artists at Marilyn’s life-drawing group. Throw a couple of good friends and a sexy and protective detective into the mix and it’s not all bad. Even so, it’s survival of the smartest and most resilient as the action moves full speed, the twists keep coming, and Marilyn tackles the circumstances of her new, near-impossible normal.
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The Knife Thrower’s Wife
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Picture the setting of a peaceful suburban neighborhood with the perfect family, the perfect house with the perfect neighbors. A mirage for the American dream. Julia Green is in a marital rut. As she struggles to put the pieces of her happy life back together, she finds things are not as picture-perfect as they may seem. Oblivious to her husband’s true nature, she starts to unintendingly dig up the dirt on a life she thought was full of love and bliss. To cope with her failed marriage, Julia starts painting scenes from her daydreams that unexpectedly turn her into the prime suspect in her husband’s death.
Author Sheila McGraw takes us through an unconventional murder mystery in The Knife Thrower’s Wife. We follow an average American family whose life turns upside-down when plots of murderous intent and scandalous affairs come to light. This inventive story takes off when Julia is arrested, and her trial begins. This twist in the plot is a beautiful example of the nail-biting anticipation McGraw expertly executes all the way to the climax of this mystery. The author builds suspense for readers as the story races towards the finale. McGraw leaves readers second-guessing Julia’s innocence, and the much-anticipated climax reveals who the killer really is. The story’s rising action created an opportunity for the author to completely surprise her readers.
This psychological thriller is a character study in Julia’s personality. Who she is at the beginning of this complex novel is a complete 180 from where she ends up. Readers will cheer for her as she finds her voice and stops being overlooked and walked over.
The Knife Thrower’s Wife is a riveting murder mystery that will keep you on your toes and have you wondering just what will happen next. The action and suspense are thrilling and make for a page-turning experience readers can not put down till the end.
Pages: 346 | ASIN : B08FHBKPH9
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